TERRAIN – The First Two Years
Redesigning the early college experience
TERRAIN: Covering New Ground
Unity College is always striving to create a more effective, affordable, career-relevant educational experience. We’ve done extensive research to determine how higher education needs to change and improve in order to better serve our students. Learn more about TERRAIN here.
Based on that deep dive into the needs of society and our students, Unity College has launched an ambitious new project to redesign the early college experience to:
- Honor learning wherever it happens, whether that is in a classroom, in the field solving real-world sustainability problems, or on the job.
- Create immersive, intensive experiences with a flexible calendar that lets students who work hard complete a bachelor’s degree in less than 4 years.
- Allow students to earn stackable credentials that represent relevant professional skills to employers.
There is much work to do! Follow the progress of the First Two Years project here to see how Unity College is taking a leadership role in creating a new college for the environmental century.
First Two Years
TERRAIN update April 15-19, 2019
Highlights from the TERRAIN Implementation Team: April 15-19, 2019 What is the Team Up To? During the meetings this week the Student Life team engaged the rest of the TERRAIN participants in thoughtful discussion about the Living Learning Community (LLC) component of the program. A living learning community is a themed residential housing..Read more
TERRAIN update March 18-29
Highlights from the TERRAIN Implementation Team: March 18 – 29, 2019 What is the Team Up To? While most of our students have been away enjoying spring break, the TERRAIN team has been hard at work! On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Advancement Team will be reaching out to students admitted for..Read more
TERRAIN Update: March 9-15
Highlights from the TERRAIN Implementation Team: March 9-15, 2019 What is the Team Up To? This week the TERRAIN team focused much of our work on responding to the Recruitment, Marketing, and Advancement team’s plan for communicating with accepted students (both deposited and not-yet-deposited) and their parents/families about the..Read more
F2Y Update: February 23-March 8
Highlights from the F2Y Implementation Team: February 23-March 8, 2019 What is the Team Up To? A team of FIT members (Pieter deHart, Ray Phinney, Brian Hull, Kate Coseo, and Josh Kercsmar) along with Associate Director of Admissions Emily Valli, traveled to Tacoma, Washington, to explore models of immersive learning and meet..Read more
F2Y Update: February 18-22, 2019
Highlights from the F2Y Implementation Team: February 18-22, 2019 What is the Team Up To? Monday and Wednesday FIT meetings were focused on ironing out remaining questions about Portfolium and fall testbed registration. The big event of the week was the finalization of our contract with Portfolium! We are..Read more
F2Y update: February 11-15, 2019
Highlights from the F2Y Implementation Team: February 11-15, 2019 What is the Team Up To? This week the Student Support design team completed a draft of the Fall 2019 co-curricular programming. Their design includes activities and support designed to: help students understand the importance of community service, become familiar with..Read more
F2Y Update: February 1-8, 2019
Highlights from the F2Y Implementation Team: February 1-8, 2019 What is the Team Up To? This week’s team meetings were focused on discussing the most recent Scope and Sequence draft produced by the academic design team. Comments and suggestions for further development included: As we develop Pathways, it will be important..Read more
F2Y Update: January 26-February 1
Highlights from the F2Y Implementation Team January 26-February 1, 2019 What is the Team Up To? The team wrapped up the process of evaluating different digital portfolio vendors and recommended to CAO Latty, CSSO Doore, and President Khoury that we adopt Portfolium: [excerpted from the FIT recommendation] The F2Y..Read more
F2Y Update: January 18, 2019
Dear Colleagues: This was an energizing week for the F2Y Implementation Team! What is the Team Up To? We are pleased to be settled into the F2Y project office on the first floor of Constable Hall which we have stocked with an impressive array of snacks and tea...Read more
F2Y Update for Week of January 7
Dear Unity Community, The FIT group has been hard at work over the past week! Below I’ve shared a summary of activities from DCI Cartier. FIT provided feedback to the “onboarding” design team (led by Ray) that is developing programming to support students when the first arrive on campus.This..Read more
F2Y update: year end edition
Dear Unity Community, I wanted to share an update from the F2Y Implementation team as our final update for 2018. On behalf of CAO Latty, President Khoury and I also wanted to commend DCI Cartier, CADO Hutchinson, DOS Phinney, and the rest of the F2Y team for all of their..Read more
F2Y Update December 14, 2018
Dear Unity Community, The end of the semester is upon us! The F2Y Implementation Team (FIT) continues to make remarkable progress in several areas. This week, the FIT continued its focus on the development of the scope and sequence for curriculum, the design of the living learning communities, approaches to..Read more
F2Y Update : December 7
Dear Colleagues, I wanted to provide a brief update on the work of the F2Y Implementation Team (FIT) during the past week. Current work: This week, FIT worked on developing a detailed deliverables chart with timelines for each of the major initiatives within F2Y including the Curricular Scope and Sequence,..Read more